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Dr. Susan Bissell

Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Dr. Susan Bissell is currently Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Since 1987, Dr. Bissell’s illustrious career has focused on the rights, safety and security of children. She has spent over twenty-five years working in various capacities for UNICEF, and from 2016 until 2018 led the establishment of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and its associated Fund. From 2009 to 2015, she served as Associate Director and Chief of Child Protection for UNICEF. Author of a number of research studies, she has worked with UNICEF in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Italy (at the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence), and New York City. On behalf of her UNICEF Child Protection colleagues, Dr. Bissell has been conferred several awards including an honorary professorship at Barnard College/Columbia University, the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship award from Tufts University, the Flambeau D’or from Panathlon International, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, and a doctoral degree in public health and medical anthropology at the WHO Key Center for Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne